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Bond kept at $250,000 for youth charged in robbery

January 23, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Bond for a Baltimore youth charged in the Jan. 5 armed robbery of the Conococheague Grocery was kept at $250,000 Wednesday during a bond review hearing in Washington County District Court.

Sam Christopher Hacker, 16, of 3411 Hudson St., Baltimore, has been charged as an adult with armed robbery, two counts of assault, use of a handgun in commission of a crime, conspiracy and theft of $2,901, according to Maryland State Police reports.

Three other youths are being sought in that robbery, police said.

State police said two ski-masked robbers entered the grocery at 14845 National Pike in Clear Spring, displayed handguns to the two clerks and demanded money.

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"One robber put a gun to the head of (the female clerk), put her in a walk-in cooler and told her not to do anything stupid or her son would be killed," said Sgt. Greg Johnston. The robbers thought the other clerk was related to the woman, Johnston said.

The male clerk was told to get down on the floor while money was taken from two cash registers, a cash box and a bank bag.

The male clerk was forced into the cooler and told not to do anything stupid or he would be killed, police reports said.

Police said they later learned the ski masks and the BB handguns had been purchased at the Kmart in Hagerstown.

After being arrested in a stolen car in Baltimore County, Md., Hacker was interviewed by police on Jan. 20, according to police.

Police say four youths rode around in a stolen vehicle on Jan. 5, first robbing a woman in Howard County, Md., and then another in Harford County, Md.

Netting $290 in those two robberies, they spent that money on beer, whiskey and marijuana, police said. Then the four youths traveled to Hagerstown while discussing committing a robbery, police said.

Police said the stolen vehicle the four youths were in was later abandoned in Frederick County, Md., and another one was stolen there and later recovered in Harford County.

Three youths, who were all named in Hacker's charging document, are either at large or haven't been charged with the robbery, police said.

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